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Emi Somekawa Interview

Date: November 21, 2011
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-378
02:19:51
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Nisei female. Born May 10, 1918, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the small town of Brooks, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Prior to World War II, became a nurse, married, and had a child. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and worked in the camp's hospital. Transferred for one year to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, eventually returned to Portland and resumed nursing career.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's family background Segment 1 of 25 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's family background Segment 2 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' meeting and early life in the U.S. Segment 3 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of siblings Segment 4 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Helping out on family's farm Segment 5 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of father Segment 6 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning Japanese before English as a child Segment 7 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Exposure to people of different ethnic backgrounds Segment 8 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Participating in Japanese community events Segment 9 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Prewar recreational activities Segment 10 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Choosing to go into nurses training Segment 11 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Encountering prejudice as a student nurse Segment 12 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting future husband Segment 13 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "That was horrible." Segment 14 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparing for mass removal Segment 15 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Having a child in camp Segment 16 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Transferring to Tule Lake Segment 17 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of camp Segment 18 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being recruited to work in the camp's hospital: witnessing medical mistakes due to inexperienced staff Segment 19 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Coping with inadequate medical facilities in camp Segment 20 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A difficult incident on the bus ride to Minidoka Segment 21 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving camp and becoming a nurse at a farm labor camp Segment 22 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents work to reestablish lives after the war Segment 23 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to former nursing job after the war Segment 24 of 25 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflections Segment 25 of 25 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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